Transforming Community Now … and in the Future

In April 2013 we launched our 50th Anniversary Celebration — a bold plan of grants, scholarships and community programs. I am pleased to report that we have met and exceeded nearly all the ambitious goals of our Golden Celebration. With our most recent $1 million Transformational Grant to the Schenectady Bridges Partnership, our 2013-14 Golden Grants have eclipsed $2.6 million — $600,000 more than we had originally committed. 

As we close our Golden Anniversary, it is important to point back to those who started The Schenectady Foundation, particularly Bill Milton and Charles W. Carl, Jr. These two gentlemen, who I knew well and admired deeply, were the architects of an institution that has proven to be a reliable, sustainable champion of the community. Thanks to their forethought and leadership, over the years TSF has returned more than $18 million to charitable causes in Schenectady County.

Now it’s our turn. Our last goal remains unfulfilled — to reseed the endowment of The Schenectady Foundation for the next 50 years by receiving commitments from individuals and couples through annual giving and estate plans. How can you help us meet this final goal?

We of course welcome your year-end donation to any of our current initiatives. But we also hope that you will think about your long-term support to the community by considering a gift through your will or estate plan to The Schenectady Foundation. Help us ensure that The Foundation is here for our community not just today – but for years to come – helping to support stronger families, more resilient youth, and advancing the well-being of the community. 

Click on the newsletter at right to learn more about the exciting results of our Golden year, and how, with your help, the momentum achieved in the past year will continue to grow. The best is yet to come!

                                                        Robert Carreau, Executive Director

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Golden Anniversary is A Golden Opportunity for Our Community 
In 1963, The Schenectady Foundation made its first grant:  $250 to the YMCA.  While a modest gift at that time (about $1,900 in today’s dollars), it was the first of many to come.
Today, 50 years later, TSF has returned close to $16 million to our community in grants and scholarships.
As we mark our 50th year of building community, it seems fitting not only to celebrate, but also to use our golden anniversary as an opportunity to ensure that our next 50 years – and our community’s -- are even better. Our Golden Celebration will:
Honor Our Past by recognizing the donors, volunteers and community organizations that have been essential to our success and longevity.
Seed Our Future by engaging our community in resetting our course and attracting new donors committed to Schenectady’s future.
Transform Our Community Now by substantially increasing our grants and scholarships to have a transformational impact in our community.
We invite you to be part of our plans by joining the Golden Celebration Committee.  Your tax-deductible contribution will help to underwrite our golden anniversary programs, and launch the next half-century of our mission to advance the sustainable well-being of the people of Schenectady County. 
Your “GCC” commitment includes admission to our community leadership and philanthropy recognition events in 2013 and 2014.
Yes, I/we will gladly support The Schenectady Foundation’s 50th anniversary programs by joining the Golden Celebration Committee at the following level:
Founder                    $1,000
Partner                      $500
Stakeholder               $250
Community Builder  $100 
I/we cannot join the Golden Celebration Committee at this time, but would like to support The Schenectady Foundation’s work with our tax-deductible contribution.
Questions?  Give us a call at (518) 393-9500 
or email us at info@schenectadyfoundation.or